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Hey Quad-Cities Families! Looking For Fun Things To Do With Your Little Bunnies This Easter Weekend?

April 3rd, 2021
Hey Quad-Cities Families! Looking For Fun Things To Do With Your Little Bunnies This Easter Weekend?

From Eggstravaganzas to citywide egg hunts, from Easter bunny sightings to visits with baby animals, if you’re looking for fun stuff to do with your family to celebrate Easter festivities this weekend, we’ve got you covered. It’s Easter weekend, and of course there are plenty of egg hunts for you and your little ones to check out this weekend. Here’s a rundown of some of the ones the bunny is rolling in: Camden Park in Milan is holding an Easter celebration, complete with the aforementioned bunny, an egg hunt, and more, this Sunday at 2 p.m. For more details, see here. Trinity Lutheran... Read More

Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation Starts New “Heart of a Rock” Scholarship

March 30th, 2021
Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation Starts New “Heart of a Rock” Scholarship

The Rock Island-Milan Education Foundation (RIMEF) has a new scholarship for any Rock Island High School senior having a parent who has or has had a significant illness. The new “Heart of a Rock” scholarship was established by Megan Wilson and Triona Roberts, 2010 RIHS graduates, in honor and memory of their mothers (Terri Wilson and Yolanda Roberts) who both fought a battle with breast cancer. They want to support seniors who have undergone the unforeseen challenges that happen when parents are fighting illnesses, according to RIMEF. The $1,000 award will be given to one special student with... Read More

Quad-Cities’ River Bend Food Bank to Open a New Branch in Galesburg

March 30th, 2021
Quad-Cities’ River Bend Food Bank to Open a New Branch in Galesburg

The Davenport-based River Bend Food Bank and Galesburg Community Foundation are partnering to bring a new regional food bank branch to Galesburg. The branch will provide greater access to more nutritious and perishable foods for more than 50 food pantries in eight Illinois counties. It will supply food for not only the Community Foundation’s service area of Knox and Warren counties, but also Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, McDonough and Stark counties. In addition to the River Bend Food Bank, Galesburg Branch, FISH of Galesburg will re-locate to the space, allowing for greater guest access... Read More

Advice To A New Teenager

March 26th, 2021
Advice To A New Teenager

It seems like only yesterday when I turned 13. I remember it distinctly, from my party with my friends to some of the gifts I most cherished (a Converse All-Stars Magic Johnson t-shirt, a Duran Duran album, and other things which would certainly date me as a child of the ’80s.) This week, my own son, Jackson, turns 13. And it’s a much, much, different world from when I entered my teen years. I didn’t have cell phones, or the internet, or anywhere near the entertainment or virtual reality options my son does now. I spent most of my time playing outside, my mom was working most... Read More

Davenport Photographer Loves Capturing All the Feels On Stage and Life

March 20th, 2021
Davenport Photographer Loves Capturing All the Feels On Stage and Life

Saturday in the Arts is a weekly feature covering a trend, subject, event or personality of local interest. It runs every Saturday morning on your site for the best entertainment and arts coverage in the area, QuadCities.com! Jessica Sheridan loves to share the light, capture the light, and be the light. The bubbly, passionate 34-year-old Bettendorf native has a strong theatrical background and she’s consistently used her devotion to storytelling – on stage and off – to make a career as a professional photographer and theater artist. Sheridan graduated in 2008 from St. Ambrose University... Read More

United Way Quad Cities Awards $275K in New Grants to Promote Racial Equity

February 26th, 2021
United Way Quad Cities Awards $275K in New Grants to Promote Racial Equity

On Friday, United Way Quad Cities announced it has awarded $275,000 in grants to local organizations to help reduce and prevent racial inequities in education, income and health. The new “United for Equity” grants will help 25 nonprofits, grassroots organizations and social entrepreneurs provide access and opportunity to people of color in the Quad Cities by focusing on three primary goals — empowering the next generation, strengthening families, and educating and equipping the community. “In these turbulent times, issues of racial equity and social justice have been magnified. And, our... Read More

Engineering Instructors Create Face Shields for Davenport Schools

February 24th, 2021
Engineering Instructors Create Face Shields for Davenport Schools

During the COVID-19 pandemic, creative, intelligent people are being asked to find new ways to meet unexpected challenges. That was the case when West High School teachers Greg Smith and Jason Franzenburg received a request from TJ Schneckloth, Superintendent of Davenport Community School District, back in June 2020. At that time, Schneckloth needed a reliable source of face shields for District employees. Smith and Franzenburg, industrial technology instructors, teach Project Lead the Way Engineering and Career and Technical Education. “TJ was looking for an efficient, creative way to take care... Read More

EXCLUSIVE: New Quad Cities Cultural Trust Fund Named for Beloved Ascentra CEO

February 22nd, 2021
EXCLUSIVE: New Quad Cities Cultural Trust Fund Named for Beloved Ascentra CEO

EXCLUSIVE: The beloved former president/CEO of Ascentra Credit Union, Dale Owen, died in November 2020 at 52, but his wide-ranging generosity and large legacy will live on in a new fund established by the Quad Cities Cultural Trust. While battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer, Owen in 10 months worked to raise $500,000 from 11 local lending and banking institutions, including Bettendorf-based Ascentra. Together, those participants agreed to rename this project The Dale Owen Art and Culture Match. It will match every $1 given up to $500,000 to support art and culture programs in the Quad-Cities through... Read More

Generosity of East Moline Couple Makes Difference for Local School Districts

February 19th, 2021
Generosity of East Moline Couple Makes Difference for Local School Districts

Sharon Glassman is fondly remembered as a quiet, thoughtful person who worked at the International Harvester Plant in East Moline. She possessed a cheerful, kind-hearted sensibility that shone through whenever she spoke. Her husband, Kenneth Glassman, was a welder at Johnson Sheet Metal whose iron-clad work ethic instilled within him a sense of duty and purpose. Together, the Glassmans found their passion in helping individuals and families better themselves however they could — they each worked hard throughout their lives, and eventually amassed a modest estate through prudence. Before they... Read More

Davenport High Schoolers Helping Garfield Elementary With Homework Online

February 14th, 2021
Davenport High Schoolers Helping Garfield Elementary With Homework Online

Garfield Elementary in Davenport, has recruited high school students to provide online homework help to elementary students. The high-schoolers are called the Gator-Aides, after Garfield’s alligator mascot. The mentors provide their assistance from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., every Monday and Friday and will continue for the remainder of the school year. “Our high school volunteers meet with the grade level students through Google Meet, an online meeting program that’s a lot like Zoom,” said Sarah Oltmanns, School Administrative Manager at Garfield Elementary. “So far, 28 students from Central... Read More